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Cafeteria Cook/Catering Chef

posted September 1, 2017

Heartland Alliance Chicago
Chicago, IL
Nonprofit organization seeking experienced cooks! Apply today!
500984 l

About This Job

The  Youth and Residential Services (YRS) program provides residential services youth who have entered the country without documents and  without their parents. These youth also have needs for more intensive mental health services as well as behavior stabilization. The YRS  program serves youth mainly from Central and South America, but also sees children from Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Europe. Fostering an atmosphere of family and security, we attend to the emotional, legal,  medical, educational, and recreational needs of the children until they can be reunited with their families either in the U.S. or in their home  country. 

Job overview

This  position provides catering, food planning and preparation services in  accord with program guidelines, applicable sanitation standards and  contractual obligations.  Individual  accountabilities and work volume will be established through the  development of annual Success Objectives, within the framework outlined  below.

What you will be doing

  • Supervises program participants while in dining or kitchen area.
  • Prepares meals in accord with program needs and applicable food service sanitation standards.
  • Plans menu options within program guidelines and provides documentation, as assigned.
  • Maintains inventory of supplies and food items and assists in ordering of goods.
  • Oversees the purchase and delivery of grocery and catering items, as assigned.
  • Receives and processes catering orders and ensures delivery of requested items.
  • Initiates food service preparation and catering for special events.
  • Leads kitchen staff in the absence of a supervisor.
  • Ensures that the kitchen conforms to local health department codes.
  • Assists in the development, planning, and implementation of kitchen / catering operations.
  • Standardize production recipes to ensure consistent quality.
  • Other duties may be assigned.


To  perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform  each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are  representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with  disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Education and/or Experience:   High  school diploma or equivalent and three years of relevant experience  required.  Experience in fine dining / upscale kitchen preferred.  May give credit towards years of experience if attained a degree.
  • Language Skills:  Bilingual ability preferred.  
  • License or Certification:  State and city food service sanitation certificate preferred, or must obtain within 3 months of employment.  
  • Preferred Qualifications:  Food service experience in an institutional setting and catering experience preferred.
  • Other Qualifications:  A valid driver’s license required.  Must successfully pass a background check.
  • Mathematical Skills:  Ability  to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using  whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.  Ability to compute rate,  ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.
  • Reasoning Ability: Ability  to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete  variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.  Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written,  oral, diagram, or schedule form.

Physical Demands: The  physical demands described here are representative of those that must  be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of  this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals  with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Ability to stand 90% of time.
  • Required to regularly walk, stoop, kneel, and climb.
  • Required to regularly use hands to handle or feel and reach with hands and arms. 
    • Ability to lift/move 40 lbs. and up to 50 lbs. with assistance.  
    • Required to work regularly with sharp objects.

Work Environment: The  work environment characteristics described here are representative of  those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of  this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals  with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • The employee may be required to remain on Organization premises during breaks and/or meal periods and may be required to stay on Organization premises until their replacement arrives.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions.
  • The noise level in the work environment is moderate to high.

About Us

Heartland Alliance makes all hiring and employment decisions, and operates all programs, services, and functions without regard to race, receipt of an order of protection, creed, color, age, gender, gender identity, marital or parental status, religion, ancestry, national origin, amnesty, physical or mental disability, protected veterans status, genetic information, sexual orientation, immigrant status, political affiliation or belief, use of FMLA, VESSA, military, and family military rights, ex-offender status (depending on the offense and position to be filled), unfavorable military discharge, membership in an organization whose primary purpose is the protection of civil rights or improvement of living conditions and human relations, height, weight, or HIV infection, in accord with the organization's AIDS Policy Statement of September 1987.


About This Employer

Heartland Alliance Chicago

208 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 1300

Chicago, IL 60604

Telephone (312) 660-1300

Multi-Use Development

Heartland Alliance, one of the world’s leading anti-poverty organizations, works in communities in the U.S. and abroad to serve those who are homeless, living in poverty, or seeking safety. It provides a comprehensive array of services in the areas of health, housing, jobs and justice – and leads state and national policy efforts, which target lasting change for individuals and society.


Heartland Alliance advances the human rights and responds to the human needs of endangered populations—particularly the poor, the isolated, and the displaced—through the provision of comprehensive and respectful services and the promotion of permanent solutions leading to a more just global society.